Generation of N,N-Di(4-bromophenyl)nitrenium Ion Under Acidic Conditions: Search for a Nitrenium Dication

2020-03-10T11:32:27Z (GMT) by Andrea Zeppuhar Daniel Falvey
The behavior of the N,N-di(4-bromophenyl)nitrenium ion under acidic aqueous conditions was examined via laser flash photolysis experiments. A long-lived species forms and can be assigned as the cation radical or the dication. This species is unreactive towards nucleophiles and reactive towards strong electron donors, consistent with a cation radical. Mechanistic analysis indicates its formation is through a separate pathway than that of the nitrenium ion, suggestive of a triplet mechanism.